HIAS is distributing $330,000 in scholarships to 139 immigrants in the United States and Israel. The scholarships will help fund higher education for the immigrants. Sixty of the recipients live in the United States.
The MASA study-in-Israel initiative is giving eight U.S. colleges or systems a total of $400,000 over the next two years.
Amid the cascade of bad economic news of the past few months, five Jewish high schools in Los Angeles received some good news last week.
The eighth annual Wells Fargo Walk of Ages attracted nearly 1,000 participants and raised approximately $500,000 for Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, the largest single-source provider of senior housing in the city.
The start of the new academic year at Irvine's Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School (TVT) ushered in what could be a new era in its outreach to Orange County's Jewish community.
From establishing funds through the Jewish Community Foundation in Los Angeles to starting the Simha and Sara Lainer Fund for Jewish Education through the BJE of Greater Los Angeles to supporting Israel, Lainer and Sara were key supporters of the Jewish community.
Late in the summer of 1987, my parents shipped me off to the Cleveland Jewish Community Center's cleverly named Camp Wise. It was August, the weather was hot, and the little village of wooden cabins with tent flaps for walls was a welcome change from the air-conditioned houses of the city.
Kadima Hebrew Academy honored its past and its future at an April gala celebrating the school's 35th anniversary.
After only a few months in Los Angeles, Shirley N., a 30-year-old Jewish immigrant from Iran, almost returned to her homeland because of financial difficulties.
They are not scholarships but "camperships" in Jewish summer camp parlance. Of the 1,000 campers expected soon at Malibu's Camp JCA Shalom, which is supported by JCCGLA, about 200 parents applied for camperships.
"It's amazing, in the past few years, the income level of people who are requesting camperships," said Bill Kaplan, executive director of the Shalom Institute, which runs Camp JCA Shalom. Its campership aid this year will run about $130,000, $75,000 of which is general camp aid from The Federation. That is an increase from the $50,000 The Federation made available 2002, the boost due to the increase in cash-strapped families.
Setting a contemporary example for the ancient value of "l'dor v'dor" (from generation to generation), supporters of Heritage Pointe will walk through Irvine May 31 in a communitywide 5K walk to raise money for the county's only Jewish retirement home.
Platters of apple slivers prepared for dunking in honey are a holiday ritual symbolizing hope for a sweet New Year.
Bet Tzedek's sixth annual Justice Ball has always been a popular affair for Los Angeles' young professionals. But this year, add "swanky" to the fundraiser's list of superlatives.
Forget the South Pacific, the Australian Outback and Africa -- if you want to see a real survivor, look no further than in your own backyard.
My husband Larry and I could be creating a retirement portfolio, renting a vacation villa in Tuscany or buying badly needed furniture.